May 17, 2012
Dust in the wind?
Maye Thompson of Oregon PSR explains the health effects of coal dust.
Source: The Portland Tribune
May 7, 2012
Exporting coal presents myriad health, environmental concerns
Dr. Andy Harris of Oregon PSR on the health impacts of coal export.
Source: The Oregonian
May 4, 2012
TEP is asked to stop burning coal
The groups, which include the Arizona PSR, Clean Air Task Force, 350.org and the Sierra Club, called on TEP to switch solely to cleaner-burning natural gas at Sundt.
Source: Arizona Daily Star
April 26, 2012
840 Health Professionals Agree: Coal Ash is Hazardous to Your Health
Physicians for Social Responsibility delivered to the Obama Administration today a petition signed by 840 medical doctors, health scientists, nurses, and other health professionals outlining the harm that exposure to toxic coal ash imposes on human health. Accompanying the letter are eight doctors from Florida, Iowa, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia who will meet with their elected officials in Congress.
April 26, 2012
PSR briefs Senate on dangers from coal ash; petition signed by 850 health professionals
Eight PSR doctors, flying in to Washington from six states, will present the Obama Administration with a petition signed by 850 health professionals voicing their concern about the toxic dangers posed by unregulated coal ash disposal.
April 4, 2012
Physicians for Social Responsibility Joins Lawsuit for Federal Coal Ash Protections
PSR is among the environmental and public health groups that filed a lawsuit this week to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete its rulemaking process and finalize public health safeguards against toxic coal ash.
February 29, 2012
Phase out reliance on coal and use efficient energies
A letter to the editor from Harrisburg PSR's Dr. James E. Jones.
Source: The Patriot-News
February 23, 2012
PSR petitions White House for safe coal ash disposal
PSR is petitioning the White House to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) release health-protective standards for disposal of coal ash.
February 17, 2012
PSR: Cost of Wind Power Far Lower Than Cost of Damaging Health Effects From Coal
Moving the U.S. off of polluting, carbon-heavy coal-fired electricity will be much easier when clean, healthy renewable energy sources are in place. To that end, Catherine Thomasson MD, PSR’s new executive director, testified on February 14 in favor of a bill to facilitate development of an off-shore wind farm off the Atlantic coast.
February 16, 2012
Expert and author on coal and health is in Fairbanks
Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, an Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University of Buffalo and a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was in Fairbanks as a guest of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
Source: Fairbanks Daily News
February 15, 2012
O'Malley Makes Pitch For Offshore Wind Power
PSR Executive Director Dr. Catherine Thomasson explains the public health costs of coal-fired power plants.
January 28, 2012
Living in the dusty shadow of coal mining
While there has been limited research in Australia on the health effects of coal mining, extensive studies in the US by the Physicians for Social Responsibility found people living in high coal-producing counties had higher rates of cardiopulmonary disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and kidney disease compared with people in non-coal-producing counties.
Source: The Australian
January 18, 2012
PSR Signals Intention to Sue U.S. EPA for Release of Coal Ash Rule
PSR, acting with environmental organizations, filed a Notice of Intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require the Agency to release rules for safe disposal of coal ash, the toxic waste left when electrical utilities burn coal.
January 18, 2012
Health Group Announces Intent to Sue EPA Over Toxic Coal Ash
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined environmental groups in announcing their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal court to force the release of long-awaited federal safeguards for toxic coal ash.
January 12, 2012
Two Decades of Work Result in Strong Rules to Reduce Toxic Mercury Exposure
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) has worked for twenty-two years to protect the public from the severe toxic effects of mercury. Mercury, a neurotoxin, damages the developing brain; fetuses, infants and children exposed to mercury can suffer lifelong developmental delays, loss of IQ and mental retardation. In adults, mercury can damage the heart and kidneys.
January 12, 2012
EPA's New Mercury & Air Toxics Rule Called a "Victory for Children"
PSR chapters across the country celebrated the EPA’s recent finalization of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule. This rule is a huge victory for human health, particularly for children, who can face developmental delays and mental retardation due to mercury exposure.
November 17, 2011
PSR chapters continue to fight coal
PSR chapters continue to make powerful strides to get the U.S. off of coal and onto clean, healthy, renewable energy sources. Just in the past week, PSR activists in Oregon, Iowa and Michigan conducted an impressive series of public events, media visits and Grand Rounds presentations.
November 16, 2011
Students protest UI's use of coal
“We can’t afford to ignore the costs of coal,” Maureen McCue, director of Iowa PSR and an adjunct clinical professor in the UI College of Public Health, told advocates Wednesday.
Source: Iowa City Press Citizen
November 1, 2011
Coal Ash Spill in Wisconsin
The coal ash spill in southeastern Wisconsin that poured heavy metals and toxicants into Lake Michigan poses potentially serious health risks to the communities in the area.
August 4, 2011
The Last Mountain - cosponsored by AZ PSR
Sundance Film Festival award winning film about Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining - brought together by the Southern Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce